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Written by Theresa Zubretsky on October 19, 2016

Some communities are harder hit by the impact of tobacco use and tobacco marketing than others. In the City of Albany, this is especially true for people living in the West Hill, Arbor Hill, South End and Downtown neighborhoods. If you live in one of these neighborhoods, we invite you to help us understand the impact of tobacco on you, your family and your community.

Join us for a small group neighborhood conversation.  As thanks for your participation, you will receive a $25 gift card to Price Chopper/Market 32.

For dates, times and locations and for information about how to reserve your seat today, check out the full flyer here.

Village of Menands Parks now Tobacco-Free!

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on August 16, 2016

Last night, the Village of Menands Board voted unanimously to make all village parks tobacco-free. The new law prohibits the use of traditional tobacco products as well as e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.

The policy statement introducing the new law summed up pretty well the benefits of tobacco-free shared public spaces:

“Tobacco-Free parks enhance visitors’ enjoyment of clean air, natural beauty and healthy activities, reduce tobacco related litter, communicate a positive message to the community that tobacco use is not compatible with active, healthy living and reduces maintenance and fire risks.”

Congratulations to the Village of Menands for putting community health first!

Schenectady County Legislature Votes “YES!” to Raise Legal Age for Tobacco Sales to 21!

Written by Theresa Zubretsky on August 10, 2016

Last night in an 8-4 vote, the Schenectady County Legislature voted to increase the minimum age for the legal sale of tobacco products to 21, following in the footsteps of more than 184 municipalities in ten states, including New York City, the New York State counties of Albany, Chautauqua, Cortland and Suffolk, and the states of Hawaii and California.

Thank you to the Schenectady County Legislature for voting “Yes” to a proven community health strategy that will reduce youth smoking.

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